Beacon Obituaries

Sister Ellen Looby

Sister Ellen Looby

Sister Ellen Looby (1940-2020)

Sister Ellen Mary Looby, 79, of the Monastery of the Incarnation in Beacon, died Nov. 11 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

She was born in Ogdensburg on Dec. 25, 1940, the daughter of Clarence and Helen (Fairfield) Looby. Following graduation from St. Mary’s Academy in Ogdensburg, she entered the Carmelite Monastery in Saranac Lake in 1959 and made her profession of vows in 1960.

In 1998 she moved with her Carmelite community to the Mid-Hudson Valley to become part of the new community of Carmelite nuns at Beacon.

Sister Ellen Mary had an artist’s eye for color and beauty and used her creative gifts in needlework, calligraphy and creative design, generously contributing time and talent to the various community mailings by which the sisters share the life of Carmel with family and friends.

Sister was an avid reader undaunted by large volumes; she enjoyed poetry, composing haikus, playing the melodica and planning liturgies. She took delight in the variety of birds that fed at her window. Sister Ellen Mary kept informed about current events, praying steadfastly for the needs of the church and our country.

She is survived by her siblings, Thomas Looby (Joan), the Rev. John Looby of the Ogdensburg Diocese, Philip Looby (Barbara), Margaret Randall (Wayne Sr.) and Elizabeth Looby.

Services will be private, followed by burial at St. Joachim Cemetery in Beacon.

Kay Scofield

Kay Scofield

Kay Scofield (1934-2020)

Catherine J. “Kay” Scofield, 86, a lifelong resident of Beacon, died Nov. 14 at her home.

Kay was born Jan. 11, 1934, in Beacon, the daughter of Dominick and Mary (Pavone) Penzetta. On June 23, 1957, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Beacon, she married Robert Scofield, who died in 1996.

Kay was a lifelong parishioner of St. Joachim-St. John the Evangelist Churchand also was a member of the St. Anthony Society.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ward (Kevin) of Wappingers Falls; her grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Robert, Tara and Adams; eight great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Fred Penzetta (Bette) of Beacon and Filomena “Filly” Baisley of Wappingers Falls. Her daughter, Evelyn Smith, died before her.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Nov. 17 at St. John the Evangelist, followed by burial at St. Joachim Cemetery.

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